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obama was a new united states senator in 2005. nelson mandela, world statesman, retired from public life, but still the proud father of a new south africa. that meeting in washington was mr. obama's only opportunity to tell mandela in person how he inspired his own political activism. >> my very first political action, the first thing that i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set and so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. >> during mr. obama's first trip to south africa as president in june of this year, serious consideration was given to a meeting with mandela at the hospital, but even then, he was far too frail and mr. obama huddled instead with the family inside this compound. then brought him to the prison. mr. obama referred to mandela by his south african name of endearment. madiba. >> madiba's words give us a compass in a sea of change. >> with mandela's passing, the president said others must now hol
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. >> for a closer look at nelson mandela. this is someone that you have covered many times, that you have also met. what will he be remember as as a person? >> it is such a difficult thing. as president obama referred to a man rarely seen. a man that was not only humble but very powerful. someone we probably won't ever see again in our lifetime. he was such a rare character. he came from the royal family. he had the presence of royalty yet he was so humble. it is something that people always talk about. they had ability to disarm his enemiesly kindness and eventually his enemies would want to be his friend and would fall in love with him. that is some of the rhetoric we know as south africans. he is known as the father of the nation. the person that came to symbolize someone who could take a difficult dispute and resolve nefment will south africa change after his death? >> this has been debated for quite sometime. a lot of people were in denial. he was 95 years old and sick for a very long time. it was something that was in the back of our minds. he seemed invincible. he fought until the very end.
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. and all people of africa. thank you very much.. thank you. president obama will likely travel to south africa for the funeral of south africa president nelson mandela, according to the white house. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95. coming up on c-span2, a hearing on higher education affordability. then senate judiciary committee chairman talks about human rights. and later an update on veterans disability claims. >>> a house panel investigation cost of higher education and the use of pell grants. we'll hear from student financial aid and higher education officials. this education and work force training subcommittee hearing is two hours. [inaudible conversations] the subcommittee will come to order. good morning. thank you for joining us for our hearing on pell grant program. we have an excellent panel of witnesses here this morning. we look toward to their testimony. this hearing is the 11th in the series designed to gain a more complete understanding of the challenges facing post secondary students and institutions. the hearings held to inform the committee of policy changes t
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black president. and in 2011, he was paid a visit in south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along first daughters malia and sasha. admired around the world and revered at home, nelson mandela's south africa embraced a future and he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof that one life can make a difference. >> we are one country. we are one people. >> let's just take a look at the johannesburg stock market. we saw in the past half an hour, there was a five-minute pause to trade to go mark mandela's passing. it's been one of the stronger performers so far this year, 13 plus percent the size of the gains. the currency, the opposite story that we've seen pressure on the south african rand of late. dollar/rand rates are up, which means the rand has been down 24% so far this year. we've seen further gains extended across the xetra dax. still a couple hundred points as what we had in november. but 0.4% on the ftse. the cac extending its gain now with the ftse. but this is nonfarm payrolls. the market is very much looking to see what the jobs number is going to be out of the s